Reading Log: January


We’re halfway through the first month of the year! I decided that I would post monthly updates on the blog not only to keep track of what I’ve read but also to share book titles with you! Here’s to more reading done this year!

Picture Books

  1. The City of Ink Drinkers by Eric Sanvoisin and Martin Matje
  2. The Cloud by Hannah Cumming
  3. Frankencrayon by Michael Hall
  4. Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster (a.k.a. Rick Walton)
  5. Henry and Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
  6. The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright and Jim Field
  7. Little Red Ink Drinker by Eric Sanvoisin and Martin Matje
  8. Lucy by Randy Cecil
  9. Miss Muffet or What Came After by Marilyn Singer and David Litchfield
  10. Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff
  11. A Straw for Two by Eric Sanvoisin and Martin Matje
  12. The Sword in the Stove by Frank W. Dormer
  13. The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
  14. Waiting is Not Easy by Mo Willems
  15. Walking in a Winter Wonderland by Peggy Lee and Tim Hopgood

Juvenile Fiction

  1. The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman
  2. The One and Only Ivan* by Katherine Applegate
  3. The Wolf’s Boy by Susan Beckhorn

*This is for my 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. Category: a Newbery Award winner or Honor book. The One and Only Ivan received the Newbery medal in 2013.

Books in Progress

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Reading Challenge for the New Year


A couple of weeks ago, I was looking up possible reading challenges for 2017. I came across the 2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge. As a booknerd, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to participate in this fun bookish adventure! If you sign up for this challenge, you will receive the 2017 MMD Reading Challenge kit that will help you plan and track your reading. It’s pretty neat!

Anne, resident blogger of Modern Mrs. Darcy, recently wrote an update about what she’s (probably) reading for the 2017 MMD Reading Challenge. This inspired me to share my own list. I want to be realistic when it comes to my reading goals for 2017 so I chose only one of the two challenges: Reading for Growth. Reading for fun is essential, but I always try to read out of my comfort zone when I do these reading challenges.


For my list, I included two titles per category. (I’m hoping to complete the challenge twice, but that’s probably wishful thinking.) I made sure that the books I chose for the reading challenge are books that I already own.

A Newbery Award winner or Honor book

A book in translation

A book that’s more than 600 pages

A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection

A book of any genre that addresses current events

An immigrant story

A book published before you were born

Three books by the same author (Ransom Riggs)

A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author

A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending

A book nominated for an award in 2017

A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner

What are YOUR reading goals for 2017?


The Name of the Wind


“That was the hardest part of growing up Edema Ruh. We are strangers everywhere. Many folk view us as vagabonds and beggars, while others deem us little more than thieves, heretics, and whores. It’s hard to be wrongfully accused, but it’s worse when the people looking down on you are clods who have never read a book or traveled more than twenty miles from the place they were born.” — Chapter Eight: Thieves, Heretics, and Whores (p. 58)


Unboxing: Owlcrate Nov/Dec 2016


Hi. My name is Blue and I’m a bookaholic.

Book subscription boxes are a gift from the gods. I am currently subscribed to two of the 12 literary boxes mentioned in this post published by Bustle and have tried a couple other book subs, as I’d like to call it.


I got into Owlcrate last November, when I found out about their Wonderland theme. I love Alice in Wonderland so I caved and spent my life’s earnings on a box that contains bookish wonders (fingers crossed). When I got my first Owlcrate box, it was pure bliss!


For those of you who don’t know, Owlcrate is a monthly YA subscription box. Each box contains a hardcover YA novel and a variety of bookish items that add magic your bookish adventure (a.k.a. fuel your literary addiction). You can check out their website for more details.

Wonderland theme was special because you get not just your usual YA novel — Owlcrate edition cover of Marissa Meyer’s Heartless FTW! — but also a special copy of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale. A thousand huzzahs, fellow book lovers!


To be honest, I wasn’t planning on getting Owlcrate’s December box. I’ve spent a lot of money on books this last quarter so I had to cut my expenses.

A BIG FAT LIE. (See beginning of this post. )

Owlcrate had me at Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Game of Thrones. (*screams at the heavens* WHYYYYYY…) Long story short, I received my box tonight and I LOVED it. The theme sums it up perfectly: EPIC. (Those GoT coasters are pretty neat!)

Owlcrate’s January theme is CLASSIC REMIX. (My life is ruined.)

A few words, though…

While book subscription boxes are pretty cool (remember: gift from the gods), think about your expenses and weigh your options carefully (said no book addict ever). It doesn’t hurt to give it a shot. And it doesn’t hurt to say no, either. *wink*


So It Begins…


“Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.”
— Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic

That is exactly what I hope to accomplish here. I will let my thoughts flow freely as I write about things I’m passionate about — books and reading — without having to worry about deadlines. This was a long time coming and I’m glad I finally decided to throw caution to the wind and create this blog. It’s a big commitment, that’s for sure.


In this blog, I will post book reviews and share favorite passages from books that I have read or am currently reading. I also plan to keep track of my reading progress in the coming years, so you’ll see reading updates every now and again. In the months to follow, I hope to put together lists and recommendations for fellow book enthusiasts, as well as parents and teachers.

Let’s get lost in bookish reverie together.